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The iPad has been on the market for quite some time and while most iPad enthusiasts are familiar with creating folders, switching between mute and lock, and how to multitask between apps, the following iPad tricks are unknown to most iPad fans.

Screen Shots

While browsing my favorite social networking sites, I often find one of my worst iPad pet peeves: the iPad screenshot taken with a digital camera or smartphone. While most iPad users are taking the time to line up a proper [and usually blurry] iPad screenshot with their favorite digital camera, it’s lost on them that they can actually take a screenshot of whatever on their tablets screen by quickly holding down the Sleep/Wake button and pressing the Home button. Using the inbuilt screen shot option results in better images, require less time, and doesn’t require two gadgets.

Safari’s Find Function

In popular desktop browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari, I often use the command or control + F option to quickly find instances of any word within a web page, but it took me a long time to discover that I could also do this in the iPad’s default web browser, Safari. In order to “Find” words in Safari by typing the desired word in Safari’s search bar and looking at the bottommost option which states On This Page — Find.

Invert Color

Reading eBooks in iBooks, Kindle, or iAnnotatePDF, is a favorite pastime of most iPad enthusiasts, but what do you do when it gets dark outside and you’re left with a bright eBook reader that’s putting way too much strain on your eyes? Most people would simply turn down the brightness on their tablet to minimize eye strain, but there’s a better option; you can read white text on a black background by inverting the color of your iPad. To pull off this nifty trick, navigate to the Settings app, go to General Settings, locate the Accessibility options, and turn on “White to Black”.

Typing In All Caps

Sometimes you want to send out a hate-filled flame on an internet forum, spell a long acronym, or drive everyone crazy by typing in all caps, but doing this on the iPad will usually take too much time because in order to type in caps, you’ll have to continuously press the shift key to type in caps. Unknown to many iPad users, the inbuilt keyboard actually has an all caps option and it can be easily accessed by double pressing the iPad’s shift key instead of only pressing it once.

Secondary Keys

The iPad keyboard is a tricky little bugger and it holds lots of secrets that most users simply don’t know about. There are several secondary key shortcuts in the inbuilt keyboard including a hidden apostrophe that can be accessed by holding down the “!” key, a hidden double quotes key behind the “?” key, and quick website endings including .net, .org, .edu, and others behind the .com key.